Riding Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and New Beginnings (Hardback)
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Riding Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and New Beginnings (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 21/04/2022

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Waterstones Says

Parker’s account of cycling 3,427 miles around Britain after losing a close friend - and his career in travel journalism - to the pandemic is an endlessly inspiring, honest and relatable story of resilience and finding your way through a crisis.

The remarkable and inspirational true story of how one man battled grief and anxiety, one pedal stroke at a time, on a 3,500-mile adventure around Britain.

In March 2020, as Britain entered its first lockdown, Simon Parker's life fell apart; his travel journalism career vanished overnight and shortly afterwards he received the tragic news that a close friend had died. With a long-suppressed anxiety disorder starting to rear its head, he turned to the only therapies he knew and trusted: travel and exercise.

Setting off on his bike from the northernmost point of Shetland with only a sleeping bag and a camping stove, Simon would end up cycling 3,427 miles around Britain. En route, he would meet hundreds of resilient Britons, who were all, in their own way, riding out the storm just like he was. Even in his gloomiest moments he began to see that a chink of light was never too far away.

Riding Out is a story of optimism and hope, and a ground-level portrait of Britain as it transforms from a country in crisis to a nation on the mend. From Shetland to the Scillies, Dover to Durness, Simon learns that life's sharpest corners are best navigated at the gentle pace of a bicycle.

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781800074996
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 222 x 144 mm


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If you've recently bought a 'lockdown bike' and realise you've not been using it enough, this inspirational, down-to-earth and touching book may give you a few ideas. - Tom Chesshyre

Simon's cycle ride around his own country is a fine demonstration that adventure and transformation begins on your own doorstep. - Alastair Humphreys

[Riding Out is] both hugely inspirational yet still relatable... Simon's vulnerability at times will show many readers - myself included - that they aren't alone in feeling lost these past 18 months. How he has managed this vulnerability with humour throughout the book drew me in, as did his ability to capture the spirit of the people he met along the way. His ability to describe challenging moments with honesty makes it feel like you're hearing an old friend regale the trip over dinner. - Alex Outhwaite

A truly inspiring journey that celebrates the healing power of adventure. A must-read. - Levison Wood

In Riding Out, Simon Parker holds a humane mirror to a fractured Britain as it adjusts to a strange, isolated new world. - Jon Dunn, author of The Glitter in the Green

Wonderfully relatable on so many levels. Simon's wanderlust, mental roller coaster and reactions to a fast-changing world had me enthralled in his journey, but very much reflecting on my own over the past few years. A brilliantly crafted book which holds a mirror up to the world we live in. - Mark Beaumont

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Hardback

“A inspiring, funny and honest journey to some of the UK's lesser visited destinations.”

I read a lot of travel books and I found Riding Out unusually managed to be both hugely inspirational yet still relatable, a rarity in books like this.

Simon's vulnerability at times will show many readers -... More

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“10/10”

I was recommended this book by a friend who has followed Simon’s journeys for a while. I must admit at first, the thought of reading a travel book didn’t really seem too gripping but within a few pages I was hooked.... More

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“A lovely ,warm, emosional, funny book.”

I really enjoyed Simons book, it was beautifully written, and with real feeling.
He painted a vivid picture of all the places, people and events he wrote about.

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